Grosses

'Guardians of the Galaxy' Holds Onto First Place on Thursday with $2.57M; 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' #2 with $2.32MAugust 22, 2014 12:56 PM

by Daniel Garris

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy took in $2.57 million on Thursday to continue to lead the daily box office. The blockbuster sci-fi superhero adaptation from Marvel has led the daily box office for three of the past four days. Guardians of the Galaxy was down just 2 percent from Wednesday and down a very solid 39 percent from last Thursday. The film placed in second for the week with $36.71 million. That was down 42 percent from the previous frame and brings the three-week total for the film to a very impressive $234.25 million. Guardians of the Galaxy will likely reach the $250 million domestic milestone on either Sunday or Monday.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles held steady in second place with $2.32 million. Paramount's high-profile franchise re-launch was down 4 percent from Wednesday and down 46 percent from last Thursday. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was the week's top film with a weekly take of $39.57 million. That represented a 56 percent decline from the film's first week performance and brings the film's two-week total to a significantly stronger than expected $128.81 million.

Let's Be Cops took in $1.65 million to remain in third. Fox's low-budget action-comedy fell 6 percent from Wednesday and 48 percent from last Thursday. Let's Be Cops placed in third for the week with $25.84 million and has grossed $34.25 million in nine days. While the film is performing towards the lower end of pre-release expectations thus far, it is performing well with its price-tag in mind.

The Weinstein Company's The Giver claimed fourth with $1.06 million. The modestly budgeted young adult sci-fi adaptation decreased 5 percent from Wednesday. The Giver placed in fifth for the week with a seven-day start of $17.37 million. That was on the low end of expectations, but was 20 percent stronger than the $14.43 million seven-day take of last year's The Host.

Lionsgate's The Expendables 3 rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $1.01 million. The third installment of the ensemble action franchise starring Sylvester Stallone was down 7 percent from Wednesday. The Expendables 3 landed in fourth this week with a seven-day start of $20.92 million. That was softer than expected and a disappointing 46 percent below the $38.81 million seven-day take of 2012's The Expendables 2.

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, Aug. 19 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 19 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tropic Thunder$3,527,208-2%3,319--$1,063$43,963,9251Paramount / DreamWorks
2The Dark Knight$2,148,8262%3,590-435$599$475,350,1455Warner Bros.
3Pineapple Express$1,579,0211%3,0720$514$65,880,0922Sony / Columbia
4Star Wars: The Clone Wars$1,338,154-2%3,452--$388$17,315,4811Warner Bros.
5Mamma Mia!$1,148,86324%2,771-423$415$118,090,0555Universal
6Mirrors$1,128,855-4%2,664--$424$13,462,1341Fox
7The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2$1,006,36313%2,7147$371$33,905,3532Warner Bros.
8The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor$992,4247%3,363-415$295$88,162,4993Universal
9Step Brothers$721,8644%2,648-534$273$92,104,9684Sony / Columbia
10Journey to the Center of the Earth$537,85325%1,405-565$383$88,976,2006Warner Bros. / New Line